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  • Depleted Lakers forced to keep fouled-out Sacre on court during crazy night in Cleveland

    02/06/2014 6:35:17 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 06 2014, 9:22 AM EST
    “When I got my sixth foul, I was just like, ‘Oh, dang!’ Then I got to come back in, so I thought it was something special. I didn’t know what was going on.”
  • Vern Mikkelsen, Basketball Hall of Famer, dies at 85

    11/22/2013 11:40:06 AM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | November 22, 2013 | Charley Walters
    Vern Mikkelsen, a Basketball Hall of Fame forward who starred for Hamline and the Minneapolis Lakers, died Thursday night at age 85 at his home in Wayzata... The 6-foot-7 Mikkelsen was a territorial draft selection by the Lakers in 1949, joining another future Hall of Famer, center George Mikan. Mikkelsen became a six-time NBA All-Star in his 10 seasons, all with Minneapolis, averaging 14.4 points and 9.4 rebounds...
  • Bill Sharman dies at 87; basketball legend and former Lakers coach

    10/26/2013 10:15:38 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 25, 2013 | David Wharton and Jerry Crowe
    Bill Sharman helped the Boston Celtics win championships as a player and led the Lakers to their first NBA title in Los Angeles as a coach in 1972. He spent 35 years with the team... Sharman — who died Friday at 87 — will be remembered as the man who molded the Lakers into an elite franchise, guiding the 1971-72 squad to a historic 33 consecutive victories and an NBA title, their first in Los Angeles...
  • Lakers mourn the death of Flynn Robinson

    05/24/2013 8:23:12 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 23, 2013 | Eric Pincus
    Flynn Robinson passed away on Thursday at age 72 after a battle with cancer (multiple myeloma). Robinson was a 6-foot-1 guard who played just one, special season with the Lakers.
  • Obama-Lover Magic Johnson's Son 'EJ3' Goes Public w/ Boyfriend, Elegant Handbag, + a STUNNING Stole

    04/02/2013 4:04:40 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 43 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 April 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Father Earl 'Magic' Johnson II 'Couldn't be prouder!' Wicked gossip rag TMZ caught Johnson's gay, 20-y.o. son out on the Sunset strip this weekend while the lad was home from NYU for the holiday: man is this kid laying-it-on-thick with the purse, mink stole, and effeminate accent- OK we get it already, dude.  Just remember when you're paying $100 for a Lakers ticket that the owner's son is wearing mink coats with diamond necklaces to five-star restaurants while daddy Magic sends the rest to Obama. He told the interviewer he's a big Lakers fan still though, and is 'hoping and praying' for...
  • Lakers owner Jerry Buss dies at 80

    02/18/2013 8:25:50 AM PST · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 18, 2013 | David Wharton
    Jerry Buss, the longtime owner of the Lakers whose penchant for showmanship helped turn the game of basketball into “Showtime” and who led the team to 10 NBA championships, died Monday. He was 80.
  • Metta World Peace suspended one game for Pistons altercation

    02/05/2013 11:30:36 AM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 5, 2013 | Eric Pincus
    The NBA on Tuesday gave Lakers forward Metta World Peace a one-game suspension for an altercation with Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons.
  • Report: Dwight Howard Traded To The Los Angeles Lakers

    08/10/2012 7:46:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/10/2012 | Cork Gaines
    Our long national nightmare is over as Dwight Howard has finally been traded. According to ESPN.com, the Los Angeles Lakers have acquired the All-Star center from the Orlando Magic in a complicated four-team deal that also involved the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers. Howard may be the biggest, but he is not the only big name switching teams. In addition to Howard moving to the L.A., the Nuggets will receive Andre Iguodala and the 76ers will receive Andrew Bynum, both of whom were 2012 All-Stars. The 76ers will also receive 11-year veteran Jason Richardson, and the Magic will receive three...
  • Mom was taking photo as baby boy fell to death following Lakers, Warriors game in Los Angeles

    06/20/2012 6:51:55 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    AP ^ | June 19, 2012
    LOS ANGELES -- A woman whose 2-year-old son fell to his death following a Los Angeles Lakers game says she put him on a ledge to take a photo of him. City News Service reports Monday that Hoia Mi Nguyen told defense attorneys in a deposition that she wanted to capture the moment of baby Lucas Tang's attendance at the Nov. 21, 2010 game.
  • LeRoy Ellis, former Lakers center, dies at 72

    06/03/2012 6:05:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 3, 2012
    LeRoy Ellis, 72, a first-round draft pick of the Lakers in 1962 who was the backup center to Wilt Chamberlin on the 1971-72 NBA championship team, died Saturday in Portland, Ore., after battling cancer.
  • 8 people shot in Oklahoma City following NBA playoff series win

    05/22/2012 3:29:32 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 29 replies
    http://kdvr.com ^ | 5/22/2012 | http://kdvr.com
    Eight people were shot Monday night just blocks from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City as large crowds were leaving the playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, police said. Authorities were trying to determine what led to the shootings that occurred at about 11:35 p.m., said Capt. Dexter Nelson of the Oklahoma City Police Department. Of the victims, one was in critical condition and seven suffered less severe injuries, Nelson said. Also, a woman was injured when she was punched and kicked in the crowded streets, authorities said.
  • Kobe Bryant's cheating led to divorce filing: report (Tiger is off the hook?)

    12/19/2011 6:47:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/18/11 | Daniel Frankel
    Kobe Bryant's cheating led to divorce filing: reportBy Daniel Frankel | Reuters – 17 hrs ago LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Tiger Woods, you're finally off the hook. TMZ reported on Sunday morning that Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant cheated multiple times with multiple partners on his wife of more than a decade -- events that led to Vanessa Bryant's surprise divorce filing in an Orange County, Calif., court Friday. Of course, if this is true, Bryant -- whose public approval rating has vacillated wildly over the years from boy wonder to unlikable cad to uber-determined workaholic -- will likely...
  • Sources: Chris Paul to Lakers

    12/08/2011 5:32:16 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    ESPN.com news services ^ | Updated: December 8, 2011, 8:15 PM ET
    The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a trade in which they will obtain New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, sources tell ESPN.com's Marc Stein.The Houston Rockets are the third team in the trade and will obtain Gasol from the Hornets in return for Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic, and a 2012 first-round pick that Houston received from the New York Knicks, sources said. In Paul, the Lakers will obtain an All-Star and gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team member who has averaged 37.1 minutes, 18.7 points and 9.9 assists a game in...
  • UCLA player, coach Walt Hazzard dies

    11/18/2011 9:35:59 PM PST · by fkabuckeyesrule · 6 replies
    ESPN Website ^ | November 18, 2011 | AP
    Walt Hazzard, the former UCLA and NBA star who played on the Bruins' first NCAA championship basketball team in 1964 and later coached the team for four seasons in the 1980s, died Friday. He was 69. Hazzard's family said he had been recuperating for a long time from complications following heart surgery. The school said Hazzard died at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center.
  • Kobe Bryant Accused Of Injuring Man At Southland Church

    08/16/2011 9:29:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    CBS ^ | August 16, 2011
    Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant ...grabbed a man’s wrist and cell phone at St. Therese of Carmel in San Diego Sunday. The man claims Bryant thought he had taken pictures of him and his family on his cell phone, but returned the phone after discovering there were no pictures. The alleged victim claims he had to go to the hospital to treat a wrist injury.
  • This day in sports history: 1980 (video - Magic Johnson at center in the NBA championship)

    05/16/2011 7:23:05 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 12 replies
    espn ^ | 5-2011
    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6554037&categoryid=2378529 It was an amazing performance by Magic Johnson, playing center for the injured Jabbar.
  • Lakers Completely Implode (Vanity)

    05/08/2011 2:52:32 PM PDT · by kik5150 · 59 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 05/08/2011 | kik5150
    Down 3 games to none, losing by 33, 2 ejections so far in the final period so far...
  • 5 Lakers appear in public service announcement promoting acceptance

    04/20/2011 3:36:20 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 33 replies
    Daily News ^ | April 20, 2011 | Staff
    Kobe Bryant and four of his Los Angeles Laker teammates called for understanding, compassion and acceptance in a public service announcement released today. The release of the public service announcement comes six days after Bryant was fined $100,000 by the NBA for using an obscene antigay slur aimed at a referee during a game last Tuesday. The Lakers and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced on Friday they would work together to eliminate antigay slurs. The announcement begins with Bryant saying, "There are all kinds of different people in the world. That's what makes the world special. So...
  • Gay rights group complains as Kobe is caught using a homophobic slur

    04/13/2011 1:41:23 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies
    sports.yahoo.com ^ | April 13, 2011 | Kelly Dwyer
    It doesn't matter if it wasn't meant for our ears. It doesn't matter that NBA players might do it all the time. And it doesn't matter in the slightest that Kobe Bryant(notes) wasn't using the usual, hateful, meaning behind a homophobic slur that starts with an "f" and ends with those who are mindful of the pain and suffering that the LGBT community has gone through cringing as we hear it. Before we get to the specifics, here is Bryant's statement on the incident: "What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration...
  • Kobe Bryant's Turkish Airlines Endorsement Angers Armenians

    12/16/2010 4:03:56 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 65 replies
    MyFoxLA ^ | Dec. 16, 2010 | Rick Lozano
    Armenian Americans -- many right here in the Los Angeles area -- are calling Kobe Bryant's endorsement deal with Turkish Airlines "Kobe's direct flight to inhumanity." The Armenian Youth Federation says it's considering protests at Staples Center if Bryant doesn't back down or at least issue some type of statement recognizing the Armenian Genocide, when approximately 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire were killed. Bryant has talked about the endorsement deal, telling CNBC, "I've never been to Turkey, but all the guys on the team who have been keep saying (that) it's one of the hottest places to go....
  • Magic Johnson sells his share of the Lakers

    10/18/2010 3:41:12 PM PDT · by library user · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | Oct 18 2010 | Staff
    <p>Magic Johnson will forever be connected with Lakers history, but he can't be called part-owner of the team any longer.</p> <p>Johnson sold his ownership stake in the Lakers, about 4.5%, to influential season-ticket holder Patrick Soon-Shiong, the team said Monday.</p>
  • Some Dems Not Even Bothering To Run

    07/12/2010 9:59:13 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 6 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 07/12/10 | CaroleL
    With White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs publicly announcing Republicans could gain control of the House of Representatives and less than four months until the elections billed as a referendum on the Obama agenda, the president's party isn't even bothering to put candidates on the ballot in some states.
  • [LAKERS] 2010 Championship Parade Stream

    06/21/2010 11:24:32 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 10 replies
    Lakers website ^ | June 21, 2010 | Lakers
    Here ya go, boys and girls. They are just starting to roll: http://www.nba.com/lakers/multimedia/2010_parade_stream.html
  • Mexican Flag Wavers Riot After Lakers (what the MSM did not show)

    Notice when they are kicking down the Newspaper stands they are yelling "Thats the (AZ) Suns)
  • Los Angeles Riots live thread

    06/17/2010 8:31:23 PM PDT · by al baby · 99 replies · 3,515+ views
    Today | Self
    Get ready L.A. win or lose riots may erupt
  • Riots on the streets of LA as Lakers WIN NBA basketball championship

    06/18/2010 1:45:33 PM PDT · by kirbyu · 81 replies · 1,480+ views
    Dozens of arrest were made as troublemakers in several locations threw rocks and bottles, set cars on fire, got into fights, and in some cases harassed motorists trying to leave the area, police said. ‘As the crowds left the area, we had some groups that decided to celebrate irresponsibly,’ LAPD spokeswoman Mary Grady said.
  • 2010 Lakers Riots (Waving Mexican Flags and burning cars- Video)

    06/18/2010 1:45:32 PM PDT · by kirbyu · 50 replies · 1,511+ views
    Youtube ^ | 6-18-10
    The double standard is clear to see – if a so-called Tea Partier is so much accused of breaking a window, the corporate networks obsess over the story as if it’s some kind of Al-Qaeda terror attack, yet when thousands of drunken yobs, many of whom are waving Mexican flags, completely turn a downtown city upside down, the establishment press shrugs its shoulders.
  • Michelle Obama Ballin' with Lakers & Celtics

    06/15/2010 8:58:27 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 32 replies · 630+ views
    TMZ.com ^ | 06/15/2010 | Staff
    TMZ has learned Michelle Obama will be attending tonight's NBA Finals game between the Lakers and the Celtics at Staples Center in L.A. The White House just confirmed rumors that had been circling all day. We're told the outing is a "family event" -- so we're expecting one of the First Daughters to be with her.
  • Breaking:Firefighters are battling a 'major emergency fire' in South L.A.

    06/11/2010 12:08:24 PM PDT · by TaraP · 55 replies · 2,016+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 11th, 2010
    Massive titanium fire explodes in South L.A. SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Firefighters are battling a large titanium fire in South Los Angeles that began with an explosion on Friday morning. Authorities responded to the "major emergency fire" at a recycling plant at Slauson and Central avenues at about 11 a.m. There was originally a report of a firefighter missing, but authorities have confirmed that the firefighter is OK. There's been a report of one civilian injury, but no further information is available on the victim's condition. Firefighters are asking the Department of Water and Power to de-energize the high...
  • Boycott LA, Illegal Alien Capital of the US: Don't watch NBA Final Lakers and Celtics

    06/03/2010 4:52:35 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 38 replies · 465+ views
    vanity | June 3, 2010 | steelers6
    If your sick of Los Angeles don't buy Laker gear and drive their ratings into the toilet. Many NBA franchises support illegal immigration. How many more times are we going to see the Celtics and Lakers in the finals anyway. This is about the 10th time in 60 years I think.
  • Phil Jackson's wrongheaded view of Arizona's anti-immigrant law (Farce Alert!)

    05/19/2010 9:25:45 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 15 replies · 596+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05/19/10 | Tim Rutten
    I saw my first Lakers game as a boy, when my late father took me to watch the team play the Cincinnati Royals at the old Sports Arena. I was hooked for life, and though I have an indefensibly immoderate fondness for nearly all sports, the Lakers remain, for me, a team apart. At least they were. I can't bring myself to root against the Lakers in their current playoff series with the Phoenix Suns, but neither can I support them — unless the club formally repudiates Coach Phil Jackson's endorsement of Arizona's mean-spirited new anti-immigrant law.
  • Lakers coach criticized for remarks on immigration law

    05/18/2010 11:16:01 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 41 replies · 1,146+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05/18/10 | Patrick McDonnell and Robert J. Lopez
    A small but spirited group of activists, outraged at comments by Lakers coach Phil Jackson that seemed to back Arizona's controversial new immigration law, rallied Monday outside Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles before the playoff opener against the Phoenix Suns. "The way we look at it, Phil Jackson is supporting the Arizona law," said Mario Gonzalez, a longtime Lakers fan and rally organizer. "That's surprising. It caught us off guard. We want to find out where the team stands on the law."
  • Los Dummies Plan to Protest Lakers Coach Phil Jackson

    05/17/2010 1:32:01 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 40 replies · 1,081+ views
    Holy Coast ^ | May 17, 2010 | Rick Moore
    LA Lakers coach Phil Jackson has become the focus of ire from the illegal immigrant activists and those who can't read. They're planning a protest against Jackson at tonight's Lakers-Suns playoff game in Los Angeles: Immigration activists plan to picket the NBA Western Division title game at Staples Center Monday evening, because Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he has no problem with Arizona’s controversial new illegal immigration law. ...When Adande told Jackson that some feel the Arizona Legislature had usurped federal law, Jackson countered Arizona is “not usurping, it’s just copying it is what they said they did, and then...
  • LA Will Boycott Arizona. Will the Lakers Follow? (NBA playoffs w/Suns put on hold?)

    05/15/2010 3:54:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies · 1,467+ views
    Time ^ | 5/15/10 | Sean Gregory
    LA Will Boycott Arizona. Will the Lakers Follow?By Sean Gregory Saturday, May. 15, 2010 After the Los Angeles City Council passed legislation banning the city from doing any further business with the state of Arizona because of its new law targeting illegal immigration, some Los Angelinos are hoping that the Los Angeles Lakers will get behind the cause. In a bit of serendipitous timing, the Lakers are about to face an Arizona team, the Phoenix Suns, in the NBA Western Conference Finals, starting Monday. Obviously, it would be absurd to expect the Lakers to boycott their series with the Suns....
  • Report: LeBron wants to be a Laker

    02/28/2010 3:46:59 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 17 replies · 821+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 02/28/10 | Staff
    According to sources close to Phil Jackson, LeBron James has expressed interest in joining the Los Angeles Lakers. "LeBron wants to win. He's a smart guy, and Phil loves LeBron, absolutely LOVES him," according to the report. Obviously, there is way too much involved with a situation like this for one blurb, but if the report holds water then look for this to become a big storyline in the upcoming days.
  • Fred Schaus, mentor to Jerry West at WVU, dies at 84 (former Lakers coach)

    02/11/2010 3:10:45 PM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies · 211+ views
    AP - Yahoo ^ | February 11, 2010 | John Raby
    Fred Schaus, a former Los Angeles Lakers coach and general manager who mentored Jerry West and Hot Rod Hundley at West Virginia, has died.
  • Caption Barry with the Lakers and families at the WH

    01/25/2010 5:47:01 PM PST · by crosshairs · 21 replies · 1,053+ views
  • Do The Lakers Predict The Stock Market?

    12/16/2009 12:44:13 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 5 replies · 353+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 12/16/2009 | Ed Carson
    No, but for a long time they seemed to. The best kept secret of the past 20 years has been this: When the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship, the market would almost always fall that year. When the Lakers lost, the market would usually rise. An investor who put down $1,000 into the Nasdaq at the start of 1987 and stayed fully invested through 2007 would have ended up with $7,604. But an investor who bought the Nasdaq in years the Lakers lost and stayed in cash when the Lakers won would have finished with $21,189.
  • Obama to Kobe, Lakers fans: Michael Jordan is the greatest!

    07/04/2009 10:42:56 AM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 23 replies · 1,036+ views
    Los Angeles Times / Blogs ^ | July 3, 2009 | Andrew Malcolm
    Noted Chicagoan and basketballophile Barack Obama appears to be writing off the California vote in 2012, at least the basketball fans around Los Angeles. In a pre-holiday interview with the Associated Press, Obama was asked who was the better player -- six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan or four-time champion Kobe Bryant? Without even a moment's hesitation, the ex-senator from Illinois blurted out, "Oh, Michael!" Then, apparently realizing what he'd just said and the profound impact on any 2012 election, the new president hastened to add: "I mean, Kobe's terrific. Don't get me wrong. But I haven't seen anybody match up...
  • Heads Up, Laker Fans! Ron Artest Says He Will Sign With Lakers

    07/02/2009 6:13:41 PM PDT · by kellynla · 12 replies · 447+ views
    ESPN ^ | July 2, 2009, 8:38 PM ET | Marc Stein
    Free-agent forward Ron Artest says he's leaving the Houston Rockets to join the Los Angeles Lakers. In a text message to ESPN.com on Thursday night, Artest wrote: "I am happy to say I am goin' to L.A." ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reports that Artest and the Lakers have reached a verbal agreement on what is believed to be a three-year contract worth an estimated $18 million. Wednesday is the first day free agents are permitted to sign new deals. Artest's decision was first reported by CBSSports.com. The mercurial swingman was initially courted by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his text...
  • Video shows looters after Lakers win

    06/24/2009 6:37:46 PM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies · 1,150+ views
    LA Now ^ | June 23, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
    Los Angeles police released security video today that captures unruly celebrants of the Lakers NBA finals victory helping themselves to merchandise at a Shell gas station convenience store blocks from the Staples Center. The footage, shot June 14 by a security camera at the rear of the store in the 600 block of West Olympic Boulevard, shows a group of about two dozen men swarming the store and helping themselves primarily to juice, soda and energy drinks in a large cooler. The mob shouted, “Free soda, free soda” as they grabbed merchandise in a two-minute rush in which they also...
  • Lakers Riots Embarrass LAPD (Looting and injuries in Los Angeles after the Lakers' NBA victory)

    06/22/2009 5:29:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies · 1,301+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 6/22/2009 | Jack Dunphy
    “It could have been a lot worse.” So said Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger of the downtown L.A. melee that followed the Lakers’ victory over the Orlando Magic last Sunday. If that’s the standard the LAPD is shooting for these days, the city is in big, big trouble. By the time the last of the Lakers’ “fans” were cleared from the streets that night, eight police officers had been injured, three businesses looted, and several cars and transit buses vandalized, all broadcast live from television news helicopters. You just knew there was a problem with LAPD’s response...
  • Chief [Bratton] blames `knuckleheads' for Lakers disturbance

    06/16/2009 1:02:04 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 25 replies · 762+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 15, 2009 | Daisy Nguyen
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Looting and vandalism that broke out in the aftermath of the Los Angeles Lakers' basketball championship won't keep the city from celebrating the team's victory: City officials and the Lakers are planning a victory parade they hope will overshadow unrest the police chief blames on a mob of "knuckleheads." Police were reviewing security video and media images Monday to identify suspects who caused damage downtown the night before. Police Chief William Bratton said many known gang members were in the crowd. "These knuckleheads seem to really relish their opportunity in the dark," Bratton said. A parade...
  • At Least 25 Lakers Fans Arrested After Near-Riot (USA turning into 3rd world nation)

    06/15/2009 5:15:28 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 49 replies · 1,784+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 6/15/2009 | Staff
    LOS ANGELES — Hundreds celebrated in the streets outside Staples Center after the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA title win Sunday night, with some revelers damaging police cruisers, throwing rocks and bottles at officers and setting bonfires in the street, authorities said. About 25 people were arrested, most part of a rowdy crowd that split off on to surrounding streets after police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly, officer Karen Rayner said. Several police cruisers were damaged and reinforcement officers were called in from throughout the city to help disperse the crowd, Rayner said.
  • L.A. Lakers fans riot outside the Staples Center

    06/14/2009 11:09:13 PM PDT · by period end of story · 143 replies · 4,552+ views
    The Inquisitr ^ | June 14, 2009 | Duncan Riley
    L.A. Lakers fans celebrated their NBA championship victory Sunday night (June 14) by rioting outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Eyewitness reports said that the police officers at the scene were being belted with rocks and bottles. There are also reports of fans starting fires, although it isn’t clear at this stage whether those fires included buildings or vehicles. One unconfirmed report says that at least one police vehicle has been set on fire.
  • LAKERS WIN 2009 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

    06/14/2009 8:01:53 PM PDT · by Christian4Bush · 101 replies · 2,651+ views
    Self | 06/14/2009 | Christian4Bush
    The Lakers win their 15th organizational title, and 10th in Los Angeles, in their 30th Finals appearance. They defeat the Orlando Magic, 99-86 in Game 5, and win the series 4 games to 1. Kobe Bryant was named MVP of the Finals.
  • L.A. Police Forces Prepare For Possible Lakers Win

    06/13/2009 5:44:08 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 43 replies · 1,660+ views
    CBS 2 LOS ANGELES ^ | 13 JUNE 2009 | CBS 2 LOS ANGELES
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) ― Authorities are getting prepared for the possible riotous celebration that may accompany a Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship win on Sunday night. "We have the ability to put together resources very quickly if we go to (tactical) alert -- to pull resources in from around the city," Los Angeles police Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell said. McDonnell says the LAPD plans to deploy heavier than usual that night so the department will have the sufficient resources to deal with whatever happens. Staples Center usually shows away games on its outdoor big-screen televisions, but will not on Sunday...
  • NBA FINALS DISCUSSION THREAD: Lakers v Magic [keep it civil :) ]

    06/04/2009 9:20:47 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 64 replies · 1,075+ views
    espn ^ | 6-4-09 | dfu
  • Los Angeles Lakers to Battle Orlando Magic for NBA Championship (Orlando 103 Cleveland 90)

    05/30/2009 8:11:07 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 71 replies · 1,922+ views
    ESPN ^ | 5-30-09
    Orlando defeats Cleveland 4 games to 2 and will travel to Los Angeles for Game 1 on Thursday.
  • Lakers Dismantle Denver; Half of NBA finals Set

    05/29/2009 9:18:38 PM PDT · by Christian4Bush · 14 replies · 565+ views
    Christian4Bush | 05/29/2009 | Christian4Bush
    Two important numbers for the Los Angeles Lakers: 27 and 30. Twenty seven was their margin of victory, winning 119 to 92 in Denver. The other number - 30 - is the number of appearances they will have made as a result of winning this game. A possible turning point in the game, during which the home Nuggets rarely led: with 8:55 in the 3rd quarter, the Lakers committed their fifth team foul, allowing the Nuggets to shoot free throws for every subsequent foul. There was only one subsequent Laker team foul in that quarter, and that was five game...